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5:35 PM ET, August 11, 2011

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Vic Gundotra / The Official Google Blog:
Games in Google+: fun that fits your schedule  —  My family has a games closet.  Inside you'll find a few decks of cards, two decades' worth of board games and a Twister mat for those times when we're feeling limber.  Playing games is a great way for us to spend quality time with each other …
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Google Wastes No Time Putting Games On Google+: Angry Birds, Bejeweled, Zynga On Board  —  For all the hype it has gotten and all the users it has gained, it's easy to forget that Google+ has only been out for a month and a half.  But they're moving fast to ensure they don't flop again in the social space.
Discussion: Tecca
Mike Swift / @swiftstories:   #Google+ launches games. http://t.co/X3c4pjt. Interesting that #Facebook hastily called press conference for tomorrow on same topic.
Alexia Tsotsis / TechCrunch:
Facebook And Google Duke It Out Over Gaming (Same Day Announcements, Zynga?)
Brad McCarty / The Next Web:
Greater Manchester Police tweeting names, dates of birth and addresses of looters  —  As you may already know, names, dates of birth and addresses of convicted criminals are all public record in the UK.  It's been customary for these things to be published for years.
Discussion: @sg and @gmpolice
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Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Blaming the tools: Britain proposes a social-media ban  —  It seems totalitarian states like Egypt and Libya aren't the only ones struggling with the impact of social media and the desire to muzzle services like Twitter and Facebook.  In the wake of the riots in London …
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
UK Govt. to meet Facebook, Twitter and RIM about their responsibility to not fuel riots
Jack Purcher / Patently Apple:
Apple Reveals Big Plans to Integrate Projectors into iOS Devices +  —  On August 11, 2011, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a grand patent application from Apple that reveals their plans of integrating mini or pico-like projectors into future iOS devices while introducing a likely projector accessory for MacBooks.
Stuart Miles / Pocket-lint:
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Mango landing 1 September  —  Microsoft will roll out its latest phone operating system, currently codenamed Mango, to Windows Phone 7 users starting on 1 September, Pocket-lint has exclusively learnt.  Therefore, that will be the date that the company will start its fightback against Android and the iPhone.
Nilay Patel / This is my next:
The patent system isn't broken — we are  —  There is a fundamental problem with patents in the United States.  —  It is us.  —  By that I mean all of us: the companies and people who directly interact with the patent system, the media that reports on those interactions …
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Marco Arment / Marco.org:
Why software patents are not fixable
Discussion: TiPb
Bloomberg:
Nintendo's Mario Pressured to Jump to IPhone  —  In “Super Mario 3DLand,” Nintendo Co. will make its iconic Italian plumber battle turtle-like Koopa Troopas on its 3-D player.  The company instead should develop titles for Apple Inc. (AAPL)'s iPhone, investors say.
Joe Mullin / paidContent:
Google Tells ITC Judge: Microsoft Revealed Our Secret Source Code  —  Google (NSDQ: GOOG) has asked a judge at the International Trade Commission to sanction Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT), saying that the company revealed “highly confidential source code” to an expert witness in violation of the court's rules.
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Even Mark Zuckerberg Gets Annoyed With Spammy Facebook Apps, Does Not Think Dave Morin is ‘Chill’  —  Downside of having a technology company once completely beloved but now that everyone's more than ready to delete their account from?  Watching it grow large enough to actually find yourself …
Andy Baio / Waxy.org:
Heello is Twitter for Pretending  —  It's easy to write off Heello as a Twitter clone.  Created by the founder of Twitpic, the shameless knockoff looks and behaves like a stripped-down version of Twitter, down to the [tweets] pings, [followers] listeners, and [retweets] echos.
Paul Ducklin / Naked Security:
LinkedIn ‘does a Facebook’ - your name and photo used in ads by default  —  I'm not a LinkedIn user - at least not yet, though I suspect that like many of my friends and colleagues I may eventually feel compelled to “be there or be square”.  As a non-user I haven't been tracking changes …
Connie Loizos / PE Hub Blog:
Silicon Valley's Undertaker: 'We're Anticipating a Major Fallout'  —  As longtime readers know, we occasionally like to check in with Sherwood Partners in Palo Alto, long known to industry insiders as “the undertaker” because its primary role is to efficiently shutter companies.
Economist:
Slicing an Apple  —  How much of an iPhone is made by Samsung?  —  APPLE doesn't make the iPhone itself.  It neither manufactures the components nor assembles them into a finished product.  The components come from a variety of suppliers and the assembly is done by Foxconn, a Taiwanese firm, at its plant in Shenzhen, China.
Discussion: InfoWorld, Gizmodo and MacDailyNews
Staska / Unwired View:
Motorola's Sanjay Jha openly admits they plan to collect IP royalties from other Android makers  —  As you have probably heard, a major patent war is raging in mobile industry, and competitors are ganging up on Android, exploiting Google's weakness in intellectual property assets.
Discussion: Engadget, paidContent, TechCrunch and 9to5Google, Thanks:uvstaska
Stephanie Rosenbloom / New York Times:
Digitally Fatigued, Networkers Try New Sites, but Strategize to Avoid Burnout  —  WHEN Jessica H. Lawrence left her job with the Girl Scouts of San Gorgonio Council in Redlands, Calif., to pursue a new life in New York City, she arrived in late January without a job, an apartment or someone to keep her warm through the winter nights.
Discussion: Betabeat and Gawker
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Zynga's New S-1: Zynga's Internal Valuation In March 2011 Was $11.5 Billion  —  Zynga just filed another version of its S-1 for the company's $1 billion public offering and here's what's new.  First, Zynga says in the filing that in March of this year, the company had an internal valuation at around $11.5 billion.
Zack Whittaker / ZDNet:
University of Wisconsin hacked: 75,000 social security numbers, student names exposed  —  The University of Wisconsin's Milwaukee campus has been subject to a malware attack, which has exposed names and social security numbers of students — past and present — and staff alike.
Discussion: JSOnline and Gizmodo
Brooke Crothers / CNET News:
IBM executive says PC era is in its twilight  —  On the eve of the IBM PC's 30th anniversary, Mark Dean says the PC era is on its last legs.  As one of the IBM engineers who helped create the original PC, he is certainly qualified to make this claim.
Tricia Duryee / AllThingsD:
Why Zynga Might Buy Angry Bird's Rovio  —  Zynga walked away empty-handed last month after bidding unsuccessfully for PopCap, which went to Electronic Arts.  —  So what's next for the acquisition-hungry company?  —  What about an even tastier target: Rovio, the Finnish developer of the popular Angry Birds franchise.
Cade Metz / The Register:
Google Chromebooks molt, grow fresh browser  —  Two month olds get new lease on life  —  Google has released a new version of Chrome OS - the browser-based operating system that first arrived less than two months ago - offering VPN hooks, 802.1x secure Wi-Fi , and what the company claims is a 32 per cent faster resume time.
John Cook / GeekWire:
Daily deal site Zulily raises $43 million at huge valuation of more than $700 million  —  Zulily CEO Darrell Cavens in front of the company's expanding employee photo wall  —  Plopped in the middle of Zulily's Seattle office is a colorful cardboard rocket ship marking the entrance to the company's HR and recruiting department.
Tim Stevens / Engadget:
NL ruling on Apple vs. Samsung dispute due on 9/15, courtroom antics catalogued  —  Apple has succeeded in getting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 blocked from import into most of Europe — but not the Netherlands.  Today the initial proceedings in the legal dispute between the two companies there came to a close …
Ingrid Lunden / mocoNews:
Gartner Q2: Nokia Still On Top Overall, Android Killing It In Smartphones  —  Nokia (NYSE: NOK) is losing its market share in phones at an alarming rate right now.  But despite all the profit warnings, drastic strategic shifts, and massive strides being made by the likes of Google (NSDQ …
Adam DuVander / ProgrammableWeb:
Survey Says Facebook API Has Most Headaches and Horror Stories  —  A survey of API experiences raised some of the largest problems developers encounter, including which companies cause them.  The Facebook API was mentioned far and away more than any other in long-form answers to questions about headaches …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb, Trove Blog and TechCrunch
 
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Zach Epstein / BGR:
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Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines Blog:
Why the FTC is likely to hit a dead end probing Google's Android
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Sifteo launches intelligent blocks as a new form of entertainment
Discussion: Technology Review and SlashGear
Austin Carr / Fast Company:
LinkedIn's Algorithm Taps Talent Graph, But Still Needs Human Touch
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Apple reportedly turns to Samsung after LG's iPad 2 panels experience issues
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
Amazon's Cloud Reader Still Doesn't Take the Web Seriously
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